Sept. 22, 2004
Thursday, September 23rd
7:00 PM FSU at Virginia Tech
Friday, September 24th
7:00 PM FSU at Miami
Next Up: Oct. 1st
6:00 PM FSU vs. Duke
Florida State (7-3, 0-0 ACC)
The Seminoles volleyball team opens up ACC play this week at Virginia Tech (Thurs., 7:00 p.m.) and Miami (Fri., 7:00 p.m.). Florida State is coming off a 2-1 weekend that claimed the FSU Classic with wins over Troy and Winthop. The team fell to runner-up George Mason, 3-2, in the opening night of the tournament. Senior middle blocker Amanda Santos earned FSU Classic all-tournament team honors after posting 12 kills and nine total blocks in the Seminoles 3-1 win over Winthrop on Sunday afternoon. Santos is currently second in the ACC in hitting (.449) and sixth in blocks (1.36 bpg). Nationally, she ranks an impressive sixth in hitting. Sophomore setter Jessica Skower was the other Seminole named to the FSU Classic all-tournament team and she ranks fifth in the ACC in assists (12.09 apg.). As a team, Florida State is hitting .222 percent.
Scouting the Opponents: Virginia Tech and Miami
Tech enters Friday’s match owning a 5-6 overall record. The Hokies fell to Western Michigan in a five game marathon on Sept. 18. Leading the way for VT on offense is freshman Sarah Kirkwood. She leads the ACC in kills (5.21 pg.) and Melissa Caldwell is first in digs (4.98). As a team, Virginia Tech is ranked last in three categories in the ACC including hitting percentage (.180), blocks (1.82 bpg.) and kills (13.79 kpg.).
The Hurricanes take on intrastate rival Florida State for its first home opener and first conference contest of its inaugural season in the ACC. In their last outing, the Hurricanes pulled off the second three game sweep in as many days when they defeated Wisconsin-Milwakee to improve to 4-3 overall. Valeria Tipiana leads the conference in aces (0.88 pg.) and she is fifth in kills (4.50 pg.). The Hurricanes are hitting an ACC fourth-best .255 percent. They are also ranked third in kills, blocks and aces.
Florida State vs. Virginia Tech
The Seminoles own a perfect 13-0 record versus the Hokies. The two teams have not met since 1990 and since the new rally-scoring era.
Florida State vs. Miami
The Seminoles lead the all-time record 13-6-1, but FSU has yet to ever win at Miami (0-2). The two teams met last year and FSU claimed a 3-1 victory at home.
Team News N’ Notes
FSU won two pre-conference tournaments in the same season for the first time since 1998 this past weekend.
Tech and Florida State share one common opponent this season: Michigan. Both teams were swept by the Wolverines. As for the Hurricanes and Seminoles, neither team has played the same opponent this year.
Through the first month of the season, the Tribe sits in fifth place (ACC) heading into conference play.
Florida State established several new team and individual-highs this past weekend.
The Tribe’s 15 aces against Troy in a sweep was two shy of the all-time team match high record of 17 set in 1990.
The Seminoles will look to capture three impressive milestones during the remainder of the season. With 196 career wins, Florida State head coach Todd Kress is nearing his 200-win milestone. Furthermore, with an all-time record of 786 to date, the FSU volleyball program is 14 wins shy of recording its 800th victory. The team has 18 regular season matches, not including the ACC Tournament and post season play, to accomplish this feat. Finally, the Tribe owns an all-time ACC record of 91-95 and needs nine conference wins to reach the 100 mark.
Amanda Continues Her Outstanding Season
Senior middle blocker Amanda Santos continues to make a name for herself as one of the top players in the nation this season. This past weekend, Santos added yet another accolode to her chart when she was named to the all-tournament team for the third time this season. Furthermore, the Brazilian native is ranked sixth nationally and second in the ACC in hitting percentage after recording 103 kills on 185 attempts for a .480 clip. She leads Florida State in points per game (3.75 pg.), hitting percentage (.449), and blocks (1.36 bpg). In fact, the next person in line for total blocks is 16 shy of Santos.
Sometimes its easy to forgot that libero Summer Weissing is just a rookie on the 2004 squad. At 5-foot-9, she’s one of the shortest on the team, but she plays as if she’s one of the tallest. Ten matches into her career, Weissing has already set a new team-high for aces when she registered six against George Mason on Sept. 17th. Furthermore, she paces FSU with 3.11 digs per game. The most interesting fact about Weissing’s game is the intensity and fire she brings to practice and matches daily. Let’s just say that there’s no doubt Summer will shine through the Fall this year…
Service Errors Continue To Plague Team
Head coach Todd Kress said it best when his team dropped it’s third straight loss to George Mason last Friday, “our team continues to kill ourselves with miss opportunities.” For instance, against No. 4 Florida, the Seminoles tallied a season-high 17 service errors and followed that up by committing 15 the next match against GMU. The team defeated the Gators in game one and played them close in two other games. Against the Patriots, the Seminoles went into five games and loss by only two points. Although there are a lot of factors that go into place, there’s no doubt the Tribe’s mistakes could have changed the outcome of both matches.
Standing in at 6-foot-1, sophomore Jessica Skower brings more to the court than your average setter. Not only is she producing 12.09 assists per game, which ranks her fifth in the league, she has bolstered both the FSU offense and defense. Skower currently ranks third on the team with an average of 0.70 blocks per game, while producing almost one kill per game (0.87) and a .274 hitting percentage. She also knows how to score points off the serve as she leads (along with Cassie McLaughlin) the team with 12 service aces.
Florida State head coach Todd Kress likes the output that he got from Amanda Santos so much last season that he signed her older sister Andreza Santos (Minas Gerais, Brazil) to a letter of intent for this year. Coming off a knee injury she sustained last year while playing at the College of Southern Idaho, the older Santos made her Florida State debut against Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 11, and played again on Saturday, Sept. 18 against Troy. The junior recorded 2 kills, one ace, and two digs versus the Trojans.
`Picken’ Up The Pace
Sophomore left side Nikki Anthony, a native of Pickens, S.C., has experienced no sophomore slump this year for the Seminoles. This two-sport athlete (who also plays basketball at FSU) averages 2.25 kills per game, a team second-best, and 2.59 points per game (fourth highest).
Don’t forget that live stats are available for every home match at seminoles.com.